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Around the corner I have a friend, in this great city that has no end.
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on, and before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face, for life is a swift a terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well, as in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then, and now we are busy, tired men.

Tired of playing a foolish game, Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim, just to show that I'm thinking of him".
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes, and distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away, "Here's a telegram sir,". "Jim died today".
And that's what we get and deserve in the end, around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them.
Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.
Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late.
Seize the day. Never have regrets. And most importantly, stay close to your friends and
for they have helped make you the person that you are today.


Life and Times of a Goldings Boy

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Lesley Hampton (Pops Niece)
I’m sorry to have to let you know that Cliff passed away Sunday 24 September 2023 13-30.
I would appreciate if you could tell any of the old boys you may be in contact with.
I will let you know when the funeral arrangements have been made.
It was sad news we received today of the passing away of
Cliff (POP)Steele who slipped from us Sunday gone after a short illness.
A most respected member of the Goldings Staff who came to us from the North East like a lot of the lads did. He told me when he
came for the interview for Goldings (the Headmaster) Mr Wheatley asked me if I could play Cricket, and I told him I played Cricket
to a good standard in the North East, so that day I played for Goldings, and I think it sealed my interview.
How lucky we were? He came in 1956 and remained till the end 1967
A book of condolences will be available at our re-union, as he was a strong supporter of the event, and ever present till recently due
to ill health.
Pop probably was the last member of staff remaining

I am the wife of
James Thomas Keith Brierley, unfortunately Keith has passed away this week. Do you have any information or pictures of
Keith at all. Keith was at Goldings during the 50s. I would appreciate this very much,
Thanks Eve

Sad News I was informed today Old Boy
Harry Clay passed away in April condolences go to his son David

Sad new Jerry Davies Somerset House Old Boy
passed away October 2022 R.I.P Jerry

11 December 2022
My friend George Loftus died early hours yesterday morning Sat 10th December 2022 God Bless George
My condolences to Carol his wife and his family
Len Mott

Sad news today Old Boy Robert Woodward has recently passed away. Bob was in Mt Stephen House 1951. Our condolences go to his family

I’ve once again had sad news this morning, Arthur Deamer the oldest old boy we had left attending our reunions,
his daughter who also came to the reunions with him rang me to tell me he had passed away 99 years old. His daughter
will still attend the reunion on behalf of Arthur this year for this special anniversary of 100 years from the opening of Golding’s.
Arthur was a Tinsmith and attended Goldings 34-37
Our condolence's go to his daughter and his family and friends he will be sadly missed
R.I.P. Arthur

Its sad news this week Dick Lang McCall House old boy passed away he was 82. Our condolences go to his wife and family

Ive had very sad news today
Joan James, Jimmy James Wife passed away on Saturday just gone. Pauline their daughter phoned to let me
know. Joan attended every reunion to represent Jimmy, both Jimmy and Joan gave me a great deal of support when I set out organising the
reunion. I couldn’t have done it without them god bless Joan say hello to Jimmy for us

17 March 2022

I received a call today Jimmy Street Jimmy was a 60s MacAndrew Boy passed away last night.
He has attended every reunion I have been involved in and will be sadly sadly missed our thought are with his family and friends Dave

I’m Absolutely devastated known him since we met at Shotley bridge as 8 year olds feels like I have lost a brother rip Jim so sadly missed
Tom known him since we met at Shotley bridge as 8 year olds feels like.
I have lost a brother rip Jim so sadly missed Tommy Hill and brothers Billy and Sammy

Sad News
R I P Malcolm Clewer from all us Goldings Old Boys and Staff who were together with you in Goldings (Barnardos) 3 January 2022

Dave 62-65
Sad news about Dougie. Our condolences go to his wife and family.
Douglas Thompsom Jan 1960 - April 1963, was in Aberdeen House, also became House Captain. He was trained in the Carpenters shop
and the Table Tennis Team with Pop, and the Cadets.
12 December 2021

Very sad news
Roy Shoesmith my old friend from Goldings passed away on 24th May he was 80 years old the funeral is on 7th of June
My condolences to Roy's family
1 June 2021

15-12-2019 We lost David Wheatley our headmaster Mr Wheatley son
Dear Dave,
Sadly, David died of bronchial pneumonia on Sunday after a 3-week battle with the illness.
We are all devastated. I am heartbroken – he was my rock and loving friend, All his loved ones were with him when he died
and we are grieving a warm, kind and generous man.
The funeral date is not known yet. Probably near the end of January. I will, of course, let you know.
David has requested that his ashes be scattered at the site of the cricket ground at Golding’s.
He loved the reunions and felt that he was reunited with a second family. I would be grateful if you would inform the Old Boys
and give them my love.
Kind Regards,
Carolyn Eley (Wheatley)

Email received
5-12-19 Derek Hammond
Hi Dave, very sad news -
Glyn Parry passed away this week, I don't have all the details but he was surrounded by family and friends at the end.
If I get any more details I'll let you know, cheers for now - Derek

I attended a funeral for
Michael Duce on Monday 28 October, he was 89. He learnt sheet metal work at Golding's. He had no close
relatives as far as I know. Some of his contemporaries might want to know. Edward
Edward Jones
A good friend of mine and an old boy of Goldings
Mickey Duce who trained as a sheet metal trainee at Goldings 1945 1949 died a few
months ago. (Late 2019). Think he was 89
29 January 2020

Ken Newton Phone call received today 8-10-2019
Evelyn Newton our P.T.I. Bob Newtons wife passed away this week age 92
Funeral; at Watton at Stone 31-October 12-45 pm

Such sad news to hear that
Len Harpin died yesterday 6-10-2019 it was only on Saturday he was calling us all to attention
for our 2 minutes silence.
Well respected and loved by us all
God Bless Len.

Brian Cunningham Aberdeen Old Boy
passed away Wednesday 11 9 2019 our condolences to Chris and his family

R. Coleman 1930’s, passed away December 2018 age 90 our condolences to his wife and friends

Barry Archer
Print staff passed away 2019 our condolences to his wife Marie and friends

Alan Ives Goldings 43-46 School Captain Died 10 March 2019

Geoffrey Crowe 60s Old Boy Died March 2019 our condolences go to his brother Micky

I am really sorry to give you all more bad news my dads brother
Henry Peet passed away 14th April. Ant Roe
Sadly Missed
R.I.P. Henry Cairns Old Boy Condolences to the family

Had a phone call this evening from Henry Peet to tell me his brother
Bill Roe passed away today.
28-03-2019 Sadly missed by all
Mount Steven
Condolences to the family

Received a call lunchtime today from Joan James informing me another
Old Boy John Sansom Somerset House Captain
died 17th March 2019 Reunited with his wife Joan.
Our condolences go to John friends and family

Sad news from Bill Harris. 50s old boy
John Brown passed away yesterday 12-11-2018
God bless John
Our sympathy goes to Johns family
Bill will be attending Johns funeral to represent Goldings Old Boys.

Anthony Brian Johnson 49-52 Printer Passed away 2018 our condolences to his son Neil, family and friends.

It’s with regret that I have to Inform you, That My Dad David Leslie Ingram passed away on 28th Aug 2018 at 95 years old.
Dad had not been to good since he had a fall in 2015 and broke his hip after that he never really got back to his old self, this last year he
had been in and out of hospital a lot mainly for kidney failure and c.o.p.d. and just recently Gall Stones . He was very poorly this last few
months especially the last 3 days but at least he wasn’t in much pain at all.
He had a good life and spoke highly of his past at Barnardo’s and Goldings. Also of the Association’s that he was a member of NVA ,
Italian Star. British Legion
to name but a few.
Yours Faithfully, Janet Goddard (Daughter)

George William Schooly 39-41 sadly passed away March this year. Our condolences go to his daughter and family

Joan James rang me this morning to tell me that
Roger Coppin has passed away, a former Goldings Old Boys who lived in Ware. Roger came into
Golding 1962 he was in Aberdeen House and later became a Printer

I had the sad news today,
Arnold Hargreaves passed away this week. He had just turned 100 2 weeks ago. He left Goldings in 1935 as a
printer and we were privileged to have his company at our re-union last year when he was 99 on that very date. Arnold was a very
interesting character who was part of the Boarding party that captured the enigma decoder in the Second World War.
R.I.P.From us all.

Sad news Old Boy
Victor Rowlands 62-65 passed away. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends 20 November 2017.

Letter received today 29-08-2017 ref Eric David Rollins
Dear Mr Blower, Thanks for details of Reunion in October, sadly my husband Eric David Rollins died on 24th August. He was a good man and very
grateful for His love and care, given to him as a “Barnardos” boy. He was very happy to tell his children and grandchildren of his early start in life.
He would want to say many thanks Margaret Rollins “wife”

Letter received today 12-08-2017 ref
Leslie Lack
Dear Mr Blower,
I have the sad duty to write and inform you that my father,
Mr Leslie Lack 2016 died last year. I would be grateful if you could update your records accordingly.
My father wrote an wonderful account of his childhood some fifteen years ago. In it he records in great detail his life at the school, which was considerably
different to his prior experience growing up with foster parents in Suffolk. It is clear he was grateful for the learning opportunities which Goldings provided,
even though he was only at the School for a short time in 1941. I know he was pleased to have revisited the school site.
Andrew Lack (Son) I hope your planned reunion goes well.

Letter received today 10-8-17 ref
Mark Snowden.
Dear David.
Thank you for the invitation to my husband Mark to attend The Golding's Reunion, the pictures brought back memories of the times I came to Hertford with him.
Unfortunately, he passed away in 2015 and I apologize for not letting you know sooner. He was always grateful for what Barnardo's did for him, and I'm grateful
for the super husband they made for me!
Best Wishes, Jacqui Snowden

Dear Dave
how strange that you should contact today as unfortunately
Ron Willans passed away yesterday 27-07-2017 after a long battle having contracted sepsis
last December. I had been thinking about all the people that I needed to contact and you were on my list.
Regards and keep up all the good work
Yvonne Willans

Derek V, Norman died 94 years old Summer 2017 our Sympathy goes to his Daughter and family

John Dunmore Goldings 1941
Hi all it is with regret I have had phone call from Ivy John Dunmore's Wife to say John passed away early Dec 2016 & the Funeral will take
place today in Finchley London he had a long illness with Dementia, he was at Golding'S around 1941-4 he was 91 .
Len and Chris Harpin

Dear Dave,
It is with great sadness that I am writing to you but my father passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday the 8th of November at 3.23am. He passed
away due to complications to do with Parkinson's disease which dad had. He was still in Barnet general hospital where he had been since 10th of September.
Andy Orello
José Ma Orella 26/61926 - 8/11/2016

7-10-2016 Silvia Embleton
Just to let you know that my sister, Sylvia, died this morning so I will not be at the reunion. I hope that you may be able to remember
her in some way on the day. My best wishes to you all, Joan

Joseph Willans. 1938-2009 and George Martin Willans 1939-2015

Michael Dickson who moved to Canada passed away recently.
He came to Goldings in August 1960 from Blackpool. He was a member of Aberdeen House,and his trade was Sheetmetal.
He left in April 1963 back to Blackpool, and then moved to Canada.

Gerd Lubzsynski died on the 19th February. I have just pulled his card to add the details and realised he was at Goldings.
The details of his funeral are:
Friday 4th March at 3.45pm: at South Chapel, Enfield Crematorium & Cemetery, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield EN1 4DS.
Family request no flowers, but that all donations will go to Dr Barnardo's.

Alan (Dearman) sadly passed away early this morning, 12-2-2016. Our condolences to Margaret his wife and his family. Alan was a fervent supporter
of Dr Barnardos and its principles. Also a big supporter of our Golding's website and Guestbook, Attending our Annual Reunion and Golding's Memorial
Cup Final. Alan will be sadly missed by all.
R.I.P. Alan Dearmaan Pelham House 55-59

With sadness I have to inform you of the death of my lovely husband James (Dixie)Deane.Born 12-5-42 and died 14-1-16. We were in Canada by our
son and grandchildren in November 2015 but he suddenly felt unwell and we came back to England, were he was diagnosed with brain cancer, after
radiotherapy he lost his battle with cancer,but he kept his humour until his last moment. He fought long and hard over the years, but never once c
omplained. Shotley Park 1947-55, Goldings 1955-58. I would like to send you a photo of James.
Greetings Maria Deane (40 yrs. of marriage is a long time)I still can't believe that he is gone.

Henry and Bill

15-01 24
Received some sad news, Sammy Hill passed away today. He came from Shotley Park to Goldings in Spring 1961 with his brother
George into Cairns House, and he also became house Captain of Cairns in Winter 1963. His trade was a Carpenter and he left in
November 1963. Condolences to his brother ms Billy and Tommy also Goldings Boys, his family and friends Sam will be sadly
missed by us all. As he also was a strong supporter of our reunions
R. I. P. Sammy